Scholarships to Increase Diverse Employment in the Bike Industry

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Media Release
30 March 2016

SCHOLARSHIPS TO OPEN UP OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN AND INDIGENOUS
YOUTH IN THE BICYCLE INDUSTRY

Shared Path and the Australian Cyclists Party today announced an exciting
project to increase the opportunities to boost the number of women and
Indigenous youth working in the Australian bicycle industry.

The project will join the new Cytech bicycle mechanic training program with an
industry desperate for skilled workers and those wanting to work in the bicycle
industry.

Cytech is the international certification program with Australia joining Canada,
New Zealand and America to launch Cytech following the United Kingdom and
South Africa. Training will be provided by Bicycle Industries Australia.

The joint partnership will provide scholarships and opportunities for under-represented
community groups to be involved in the growing cycling industry in
Australia. After the successful completion of the course participants will be
connected with bicycle retailers across Australia.

Shared Path Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation’s co-founders
Sean Appoo and Ben Bowen have been working in communities to establish
bicycle programs to deliver health, education, employment and social mobility
outcomes.

Shared Path has seen first hand, through the implementation of cycling programs
as a form of transport, that you open education and employment access as well
as improve the physical and mental health of individuals and Communities. The
Cytech pathway from education to employment will have a massive effect on
individuals and communities by creating sustainable and resourced
communities.

The Australian Cyclists Party seeks to promote a cycling-friendly Australia and
sees this initiative as a way to demonstrate that all levels of the community
benefit from engagement in the industry. President of the Australian Cyclists
Party, Omar Khalifa said, “We seek to normalise cycling in Australia and that
means that everyone feels they can take part in its benefits and opportunities.”

Media Contacts:
Australian Cyclists Party: media@icycleivote.com
Shared Path: info@sharedpath.org.au
Bicycle Industry Australia : pbourke@bikeoz.com.au

The Australia Cyclists Party is a new political party dedicated to creating a cycling friendly Australia. We candidates contesting seats in federal and state parliament elections. For more information visit – icycleivote.com

Media release in pdf

Photos from Wheel Women, Gear Sisters and Shared Path

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